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Gilda's Family Restaurant

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37 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5460
831-423-2010
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6:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 6:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Sheffield(UK)
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Close to the end of the pier, this is a well located restaurant set amongst a lot of competition. We chose the Char Grilled Halibut, Clam Chowder and Char Grilled Mahi Mahi. This was a great choice with generous sized portions of fish. The clam chowder was good, thick, creamy and rich. Our waitress was excellent, attentive without being too... More 

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Desert Hot Springs, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We strolled the pier two Fridays ago looking for Lunch, just happened upon Gillda's Family restaurant and read the Friday special of Seafood Cioppino. Never had it, so we decide to give it a try. I asked about the name of the place & who is Gilda ? our server informed us that she passed away not too long ago,... More 

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Shelby Township, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We had breakfast here. This place has been here for a long time. Great family restaurant. Food was good. The wharf is dirty and smells of urine but the restaurant is great and clean.

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Wiltshire, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Best value and biggest portion of Fish and Chips, complete with Clam Chowder, bread and butter and fresh vegetables included in the price, all freshly cooked to order. Great view from window looking out to sea, watching all the sailing boats. Friendly staff.

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Portland, Oregon
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

always good food, a bit crowded and if you are a larger person, ask for a table with chairs as it is a tight fit in the booths!

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We've eaten breakfast here three times on our 5 day stay in SC. After a walk along the wharf to watch the seals, sea otters and dolphins, which we've seen every time, it's a great place for all your breakfast favourites. Hash browns and sausages are my favourite along with a short stack and good coffee. Scrambled eggs and bacon... More 

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Huntington Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We walked the pier trying decide what we wanted to eat. We couldn't pass up the friday special for cioppino. we split the dinner along with a cup of the Manhattan red clam chowder. The cioppino was excellent. Plenty of crab, shrimp and scallops. The clam chowder was a good as well. I would pass on the bread. It doesn't... More 

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Rocklin, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A weekend getaway to the Santa Cruz area always includes a great dinner at Gilda's. The staff is so friendly. They have a full bar and good prices. You can sit in the middle of the restaurant and see the lighthouse on one side and the boardwalk on the other. The Halibut Dinner is our favorite. They have great salads... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We love coming down to Gilda's for spaghetti on Thursdays. They give all you can eat for $8.95 and meat balls are $1.75 extra. It's the best spaghetti in Santa Cruz, especially for the price. They also have specials on other days, but it's our favorite night. You can always ask for a seat by the window, but on Wednesdays... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

we have been eating here every year since 2008 and the food is fabulous, we always get the tuesday special which is salmon, a crabcake and calamari, it also comes with the best mashed potatoes ever and some great mixed veggies, the clam chowder and the sourdough bread are to die for and the bottomless tea and soda are a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Cuisine
American, Seafood, Soups
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 37 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5460
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: 831-423-2010

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?